We are looking for a nurse practitioner to join the physical health team at West London NHS Trust. This is a new role as our service is expanding. The team is led by a consultant nurse and there are two nurse practitioners in post. The team aims to support staff in delivering high quality physical health care to mental health inpatients.
The nurse practitioner will see patients, asses and treat people with a variety of conditions including hypertension, diabetes and acute and chronic injuries and wounds.
The nurse practitioner will also have the opportunity to teach staff new skills such as venepuncture and taking an ECG and support staff in gaining competencies.
You will have the opportunity to take part in audits and develop plans to improve practice.
You will provide cross cover to our other inpatient units and will be supported by the team members.
Main duties of the job
We are seeking an adult/general trained Registered Nurse with advanced assessment and prescribing skills. We will support the nurse in developing competencies and there are excellent development opportunities within the Trust. We have strong links with other key services including our local general hospitals and community services, the community mental health teams, Police Service, Emergency Duty Teams, Advocacy Service, Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams, Chaplaincy Service and other voluntary organisations
We have a nurse consultant in physical healthcare and post holder will work with and be supported by the nurse consultant. The post holder will on occasion deputise for the nurse consultant and may be required to attend meetings and carry out formal and informal training sessions. The post holder will see and assess patients and work with medical and nursing staff to ensure physical health problems are treated effectively.
You must possess good written and verbal communication skills and be computer literate. Candidates will need to demonstrate some understanding of the needs of services users who are experiencing a mental health crisis and be willing to adapt to the specific needs of individuals
West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.
Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.
We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.
We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.
We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.
The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.
Job description Job responsibilities
The nurse practitioner will be educated to Masters level, have skills in assessment and diagnosis and the ability to prescribe. The nurse practitioner will have experience of working with older people and will be passionate about caring for older people.
You will provide a consistent professional presence on the wards. The nurse practitioner will work with ward staff to ensure physical health is monitored and abnormal findings acted upon.
The nurse practitioner will assess and treat patients within his or her sphere of practice and will be supported by team members. Treatment will include prescribing medication if clinically indicated.
The nurse practitioner will as part of the team run training sessions and assess staff competencies post training.
You will support staff in completing incident forms and work with the governance department to carry out investigations as required.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Registered nurse adult
- Non-medical prescribing qualification
- Physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning qualification
- Post registration experience, including advanced nursing practice
- Experience and evidence of teaching and mentoring , demonstrated to 998/SLICE or equivalent
- Experience in management long term conditions e.g., COPD, diabetes, CHD
- Ability to assess and manage patient risk effectively and safely
- Knowledge of national standards that inform practice (e.g. National Service Frameworks, NICE guidelines)
- Evidence of working autonomously and as part of a team
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills Reflective practitioner
Other Requirements Essential
- Well-developed word processing/data collection/IT skills
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